“Dudley, there are 2 heelers hanging out at the smokehouse.”
“Who is this?”
“It’s Jacob. They are afraid. I can’t get near them”
“We have nowhere to put them if we trap them. No kennels have been put up yet at the CCC. I”ll talk to you later.”
I spoke to Wes Shook about the dilemma. He fixed the fence around his fruit trees and told me we could use that area to foster.
So I called Paul, set up our live trap with magic food(tuna fish in oil on pieces of flour tortilla) and waited.
We trapped one of them within an hour, and took it to Wes's tree pen. It jumped the 8 foot fence within 10 minutes.
“OH HELL! We will never get it go in that trap again”
During the interim, Greg told us we could use the pen behind Dusty Paws. We reset the trap and caught the other one within 1 day. We then reset the trap with a double dose of magic food. I drove by two days later. And saw the fence jumper in the trap.
“HEY PAUL , IT IS IN THE TRAP!” But before Paul arrived, the dog was gone. It had knocked the trap on it’s side, opening the trap door.
“OH SHIT. What NOW?!”
I WHISTLED.THE DOG CAME OUT OF HIDING AND RAN RIGHT UP TO ME. (MORE MAGIC FOOD IT MUST HAVE BEEN THINKING).
We took it to Dusty Paw to join it’s sibling. All went well for three days, until the dogs began barking at the coyotes every morning at 3 am.
“THEY GOTTO GO” came the urgent text from Greg.
I CALL LOUISE WHO HAS SOME BOARDING KENNELS IN MC ELMO CANYON. An hours drive, 9 bags of dog food and $300.00 sets them up for 2 months in a new pen.
“Whew. Now what?”
Vaughn, Brant Murrsy, Sue and Molly Lincoln all call me about scared little black and white dog wandering the neighborhood.
A day later, Molly calls ”I got her." What do I do with her. She can’t stay here. (There are still no kennels set up at CCC)
“Take her to Wes Shooks. I'll meet you there.”
Before I even got home, I got a call from WES’.
“SHE got out 5minutes after you left. She is here in the house. She won’t leave.”
I took over more food, a dog bed and vaccinated her.
”It is fine for her to stay here. She is house broken. She just sleeps in her dog bed or in our bed between me and Carol. I take her out to do her business and she comes right back in the house. Molly comes to visit. She can stay here for now.”
The next day I get a call from Jackie who lives across the street from Helgerson’s.
“There is an old dog in my yard. Come get it” (still no kennels at CCC) Ed goes to look, recognizes J R’s dog, and takes it back to JR.
Dodged another bullit!
This month BARC delivered 967 pounds of dog food, traveling 400 miles.
We will be needing more dog food for the eclipse and help putting up kennels in the CCC when we are given permission to go in there.
“Dudley, this is Peter Walker up calf canyon road. There is a little brown dog living under our porch...”
rring, rring, rring.”Dudley, this is Kate HYDE, across the street from the new elementary school.A brown dog is crossing the street from the Smoke house to my front yard...”
Is it October already?
The first dog rescue in August of 2023 occurred at the Valley of the Gods Bed and Breakfast when Claire was finally able to lure a large male dog into her house and get a collar on it. This dog had avoided all efforts to catch it since it arrived with its brother in February of this year. We had been successful in catching the brother several months earlier. This was the first time, however, that we were able to catch this one, put in a carrier, and take to join its brother on the Rez at its foster home at miles 12 south of Bluff.
The second rescue occurred when Jack, a stray first noticed by Ann Leppanen near her house was finally accepted and taken to Underdog in Moab. Prior to that transfer, Jack had adopted Al Gerecke and Kathy Smith in April and happily played with their other four dogs. The food was good so Jack was content to stay where he was until 5 strays got to be too much for Al and Kathy to handle. They asked Amber from Underdog if they could take him off their hands. Underdog came to the rescue.
The third and fourth rescues occurred when Paul and I drove to Dennehotso to pick up two juveniles that had been on Underdog’s list for two months until the foster ran out of dog food.
The next four rescues occurred when Paul and I went back to Dennehotso to pick up a mom dog and three juveniles that previously had escaped capture. Paul drove them all the way to Moab that day because it was hot and we had no place to house them overnight.
In August, we travelled 180 miles to transport and deliver 567 pounds of dog food. And then ... Our plan now is to stockpile more dog food and put some pens in the yard at the old elementary school in preparation for the Eclipse.
We will need help with that, and more donations to purchase more dog food.
Thank you everyone in advance,
Last month I told you about our difficulties trying to catch a skittish stray dog at the Valley of the Gods bed and breakfast. We decided to buy a Net Gun, something I had never seen nor used. The wary dog would come to my car when I first drove into the driveway, but bolted when I rolled down the window to shoot the net. He then ran off to hide, not returning for 3-4 hours. The 70 mile round trip was repeated at least four times, arriving earlier each time. Once he came within 20 feet of my car but the net gun misfired, capturing the inside of my windshield.
Three weeks later Clair was finally able to lure him into her kitchen with food and get a collar on him. We were then able to pick him up, place in a carrier and transport him to the Rez for a happy reunion with his brother, after 5 months!
Check out the photos.
This past month Al and Kathy have fostered the black stray first noticed by Ann Leppanen near her place. He is now very gentle and sleeps in Kathy and Al’s house. He was adopted at the end of the month.
This past month BARC vaccinated 5 dogs and drove 820 miles to transport and deliver 500 pounds of dog food to fosters in Red Mesa, Montezuma Creek, Dennehotso and Valley of the Gods.
Looking ahead to the October Eclipse, we realize that we will need more temporary holding pens. We are already stockpiling dog food, in addition to our monthly requirements.
BARC donation cannisters have brought in much needed revenue- $42.50 from K and C, $72.25 from Twin Rocks Cafe, and $270.50 from Twin Rocks Trading Post.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed.
BARC has just purchased a net gun.
This story goes back to February of this year when 2 stray dogs showed up at the Valley of the Gods B and B and refused to leave. They were trained to sleep in open dog carrier crates, allowing them to be caught ONCE, to allow them to be taken to Dusty Paws for neutering and rabies vaccines. Upon returning to the Valley of the Gods, they have become wary of all human contact. When a client finally agreed to adopt both of them, efforts began to capture them again. After several unsuccessful efforts, we were finally able to live trap one of them and transport it to his new home.
Five attempts with the live trap over the course of this past month have been totally unsuccessful in catching the second dog. He won’t go near the trap no matter what gourmet foods are offered.
The WEB has a listing for a net gun, used by animal control people to capture wary or aggressive strays. Tune in next month for the story of the net gun capture.
There has been one stray wandering around Bluff for the past 6 weeks. It finally moved in with Al Gerecke’s other 4 strays. Jackie Warrens sister has agreed to adopt it, since recently losing her Long time companion.
There are still no foster locations available in Bluff. All calls are being referred to Underdog’s long waiting list. The Bluff Town Council has yet to even discuss options for the next stray to be dropped off in Bluff.
Over this past month BARC has vaccinated 3 dogs, driven 515 miles to deliver 472 pounds of dog food, fielded numerous calls about strays “showing up” and neutered 1 cat which has since been adopted.
Marx Powell continues his efforts to capture cats to get spayed or neutered at Dusty Paws.
As always BARC is in need of foster locations and donations to buy more dog food.
Thank you all for your continued support,
Karen Walker was headed home from an evening walk past the old swimming hole when she noticed a dog high up on the bluff above Locomotive Rock. When she saw the same dog at the same spot the next day, she called me. I was on my way to Monument Valley (that story to follow). While I was gone, Karen and Peter drove up past the electrical station up near the gravel yard at the top of Cow Canyon.
They walked a mile or so west along the bluff until they saw the dog. Food and water enticed the dog to follow them back to their truck. After 31 /2 weeks, that sweet dog is still in foster care in their house thanks to Karen and Peter. They are still evaluating the fit with their four dogs and two cats.
And then there were 8. This story begins when I received a call from Amy Duckmiller of Monument Valley advising me of a pregnant mom dog hanging out at the Welcome Center. I met Amy there at 11 am where we located the mom dog lying in the shade. With the usual offer of food water, Amy was able to get a collar and leash on the dog. She was lured into a carrier with more food and then transported to Dusty Paws where she planned to spend one day and night prior to transport the next day to foster care arranged in La Sal.
I checked on her the next day at 7 am. She had crawled back into the open carrier and had whelped 5 puppies. By the time of transport, she had 8. Wow! That as quick.Can you imagine what would have happened to the puppies if I had arrived one day later after she whelped outside the Welcome Center with other stray dogs lurking about?
There have been 15 other strays this month near Bluff now in foster care. One at Four Corners Regional Health Care center, one at the Red Mesa Chapter, two more in Monument Valley, three more near Red Mesa, and eight at White Mesa.
BARC has administered 13 vaccinations this month and arranged for one cat neuter. To support all these
fosters, BARC has travelled 825 miles to deliver 1522 pounds of dog food.
At the time of this writing, there is a stray that hasbeen wandering around Bluff for two weeks. We (theBluff c ommunity) still need places to provide foster care.
Let us be clear. A place to foster (a fenced in location) is not the same as providing foster care which includes feeding, water, vaccinations, cleanup, and arranging for spay or neuter, all of which BARC will provide if someone will provide a foster location.
In lieu of a foster location, the Town of Bluff Council will need to provide an alternative for this stray andthe ones to follow. That won’t happen until they get this issue on their Agenda.
Special thanks is due to all these fosters.
“Ring. Ring. Ring...”
“Hello, this is Dudley”
“Is this Bluff Animal Rescue?”
“Yes it is”
“ I’m traveling from__________ to _________ and I have this
“We have no place to put it. Thanks to generous support from
donors, BARC can supply food, collars, leashes, a dog carrier,
vaccines, and spay/neuter for every fostered dog. But,
unfortunately, we have no place to put it right now.”
Damn,I get so tired of repeating this!
Recently, 2 friendly dogs followed a horse from McCracken Mesa
to Bluff and decided to spend a night at Recapture Lodge. With
the help of Lois’s email to our community, the owners were
notified and picked up the dogs the very next day.That was a
good thing because we had no fosters available.
The Simpsons have continued to foster a gentle German short
hair pointer for the entire month of May, but, after a full year of
foster care, they are done when this dog moves. Al Gerecke and
Kathy Smith have been fostering a gentle pit bull all month. The
Mormon Church has decided not to foster.We have been
boarding 3 dogs for 3 months at $50.00/month.
Being a foster is a lot of work, and it can continue for months.
We need to know ahead of of time if someone will foster so we
will know who to call when the next stray shows up.
Suppose every family in Bluff agreed to be a foster once each
year, or once every 2 years, or three. If that were to occur, we
wouldn’t have a problem. Hey! Maybe there is a village in the
town of Bluff. If not,.......?
In this month we have adopted 3 dogs. Ann Brown has provided
2 transports to Underdog in Moab. We have vaccinated 16
puppies, and travelled 815 miles to deliver 934 pounds of dog
I haven’t heard what the Town of Bluff plans to do about the dog
Stay tuned. BARC is grateful for all the financial support.
- Dudley Beck
When it seemed that urgent help could not be found, help arrived just in time as the stray dogs continue to show up: Zak and Amanda are providing short term foster for cat friendly dogs.
Molly has been fostering for several months, taking the dog with her in her car when traveling to Page for work. She has recently found someone in Crested Butte Colorado to adopt.
Heather picked up another 6 week old puppy.
Stan and Elise from Red Mesa area continue to foster 10 strays.
Shannon from Monument Valley fosters 4 puppies that her mother found on the road. Steve and Janna continue to foster a gentle German short hair since mid December.
Al and Kathy have 4 strays.
Marx and Susie Bell look after the cats.
Dusty Paws continues to provide low cost vaccinations, spays and neutering and housing in a short term holding area. BARC has provided 1400 pounds of dog good, one case ofcanned food and 135 pounds of cat food, driving 312 miles to assist with transports. BARC has provided 14 vaccinations and paid for one spay.
Brian and Jennipher have found someone to adopt the stray they picked up near the Comb. Three people have expressed interest in our friendly gentle short hair pointer, but “ the timing is not right for adoption.”
Due to our inability to find placement, BARC has been paying for boarding services for three dogs this past month. Underdog assists with food and placement when able. Foster care remains the critical need.
This month BARC administered 11 vaccines, adopted out 2 dogs and paid for two spays.
We drove 518 miles to deliver 1268 pounds of dry dog food and 2 cases of canned dog food.
We have all heard the proverb “ It takes a village...” We have money thanks to many generous donations. We have dog food thanks to many generous donations. We have many stray dogs whether we want them or not. Our two fosters have been caring for dogs for 4 months. What we need is more fosters to help with the near daily arrival of more strays. BARC will not survive without the help of Bluff residents.
One might imagine what would happen if BARC no longer existed.
One might also ask if the Town of Bluff has a village.
Donations Donations Donations
The highlights this month have been the huge donations totaling over $6000.00! The balloon festival breakfast netted $2438.00. Individual donations of $3000.00, $1000.00, $200.00 and $100.00 were received, and the donation canisters netted $274.50!
We paid for 2 neuters and 1 spay. We vaccinated 19, while continuing to foster 7 for the entire month. A nursing mom and one puppy were transported to Moab, along with a pregnant mom dog from Monument Valley. We almost made it through the month without adding more strays until Jocelyn Meyers spotted 2 four month old puppies at the post office. They were almost hit by a semi truck, but we were able to live trap both of them at once and move them temporarily to Dusty Paws clinic, since Greg is out of town. We will need a new home within a week, when Greg returns. We have travelled 455 miles to transport or deliver 900 pounds of dry food and 2 cases of canned food.
We have ordered some heating pads to deal with the cold weather. We will order more food.
Incentives for free spay and neuters are under consideration.
MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR DONORS
Twin Rocks Trading Post & Cafe is generously teaming up with BARC to host a fundraiser brunch Saturday, January 14, 2023 from 8 am to noon at Twin Rocks Cafe in Bluff, UT. Breakfast will be served by volunteers from the Fort. A big thanks to Cisco for donating food!
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